Tense times for cou­ple in AFL de­cider

South Western Times - - News - Emily Ace

There are tense times ahead for mar­ried cou­ple Jim and Kylie Camp­bell-Clause, with one of the avid footy fans to en­joy ul­ti­mate ju­bi­la­tion and the other crush­ing de­feat after Satur­day’s AFL grand fi­nal.

Mr Camp­bell-Clause has been an Ea­gles sup­porter since the team’s in­cep­tion, while Mrs Camp­bell-Clause has bar­racked for Colling­wood for more than 50 years.

Not even her com­mit­ment to the Geographe and WA Al­ter­na­tive Va­ri­eties Wine Show could keep her from cheer­ing on her beloved team, as she watched the Colling­wood v Rich­mond pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal on her phone, propped up be­tween two wine glasses.

“I couldn’t miss it, it was a big game,” she said.

She said she “hoped and prayed” the Pies would make it to the grand fi­nal, but had not ex­pected it would come to fruition.

Although on the sur­face the Fer­gu­son cou­ple seemed to be calm un­der the pres­sure of the sit­u­a­tion, Mr Camp­bell-Clause said it was not the case.

“It’s all on the out­side. We look like we are tak­ing it well, but not re­ally,” he joked.

The cou­ple usu­ally host an an­nual grand fi­nal party in their home, but de­cided it was in their best in­ter­est to watch the big dance at a friend’s house this year.

“So we can stay a safe dis­tance apart,” Mrs Camp­bell-Clause said.

Mr Camp­bell-Clause was con­fi­dent head­ing into the fi­nal, de­spite his start-of-the-sea­son prediction.

“I had them as out of the eight at the be­gin­ning, but they have sur­prised us all year and I think they are go­ing to sur­prise us again.

“Mel­bourne will be good, be­cause it is Ea­gles against Colling­wood and ev­ery­one hates Colling­wood, so it’s go­ing to be ev­ery­one against Colling­wood on Satur­day.

“Kylie nor­mally sheds a tear when they lose, so I will have plenty of tis­sues out for her.”

Kylie said the home ground ad­van­tage gave her con­fi­dence, but she would not be overly up­set if her team didn’t take the flag.

“I bar­rack for Colling­wood, so I am pretty well used to it — we have lost more grand fi­nals than the Ea­gles have ever played in,” she laughed.

The pair were toss­ing up whether the loser would have to buy the win­ning sup­porter game day mem­o­ra­bilia and said they would “go bush and get away” after the game.

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